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Sakyamuni Buddha

Sakyamuni Buddha





Artist : Tan Yao

Model : Bouddha

Date : between 460 and 465

Sizes : 13.7 m high
UNESCO World Heritage Site (Définitif) : 2001

Yungang Grottoes
Cave 20
Five Caves of Tan Yao (460-465)
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Place(s) of worship
Sculpture (Statue)

Area related
Datong (China)

Description   

The grottoes of the early period (460-65 CE) are composed of five main caves (16-20); these magnificent and simple caves were dug under the direction of the monk Tan Yao and are named after him. For the layout of the grottoes, large caves were dug to house the giant statues, 13-15m tall. They have a U-shaped plan and arched roofs, imitating the thatched sheds in ancient India. Each cave has a door and a window. The central images have tall bodies and occupy the major part of the caves, while on the outer walls a thousand Buddhist statues are carved, a feature rarely seen in the tradition of Chinese history of grotto carving. Buddhas of the past, present, and future, a thousand Buddhas standing together, are the dominating subject matter. The styles of the statuary reflect some of the characteristics of the Liangzhou Grottoes and the Gandhara and Mathura statues, demonstrating a strong foreign flavor, especially in clothing and jewellery. For the human forms, features of the ethnic groups (tall, robust, powerful) living in northern China at that time may have been imitated, thus creating a new model for Buddhist statuary.
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Cave 13
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Cave 16
Sakyamuni Buddha
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from 460 to 465
Cave 17
Maitreya Bouddha
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from 460 to 465
Cave 18
Buddhist disciples of Buddha
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from 460 to 465
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Sizes : 15.5 m wide
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Cave 19
Sakyamuni Buddha
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Sizes : 18.8 m wide
from 460 to 465
Seated Buddha in the left adjacent chamber
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Cave 20
Kasaya Buddha
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from 460 to 465
Cave 3
Large seated Buddha
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Cave 5
Sakyamuni Buddha
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from 470 to 493
Cave 6
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from 470 to 493
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Buddha
Statue
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Cave 7
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from 470 to 493
Buddha
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from 470 to 493
Cave 8
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